50 Inspiring Vintage Advertisements

Like many others I find myself captivated with vintage advertising.  There have been numerous articles, blog posts and websites dedicated to the subject and I just can’t seem to get enough.

Specifically, it is the advertising of the 50’s and 60’s that is most aesthetically pleasing to me.  It seems every ad in that era was either a beautifully shot photograph or a stunning Rockwellian painting.  Not to mention the incredible attention given to layout and typography.

The following are 50 of my personal favorites.  I hope you enjoy them.

Western Electric










Molson’s Golden Ale




Burroughs Corporation


Bigelow Carpet


Ford Fairlane




Western Electric


International Transtar-400


Lustre Creme




Ozite Carpet Tiles






Eve Filter Cigarettes


Air Canada


Wild Westerns


Pabst Blue Ribbon


Pontiac Bolero






Western Electric




Ouija Board




Churchman’s No. 1


Kenmore Dryer


International De Luxe Delivery Trucks




Pontiac Bonneville


Career Club Shirts


Textron Fabrics


Bell Telephone System










Burton Cool Suit


Ford Mustang






Twiggy Lashes




AC Spark Plugs






It should be mentioned that many advertisements from this era were very politically incorrect.   I’ve excluded such ads from this list as I feel it would draw the attention away from these particular selections.  Though it may be the subject of a future post.


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  1. Now I wanna buy things. Bright, shiny, sparkly things. Like Ouija Boards. To get the babes.

    Vintage daemon score!

  2. Side-note: This really makes me wanna go watch more Mad Men eps.


  3. true eye candies. they knew how to do it right

  4. did anyone else find it kind of ironic that budweiser’s campaign only featured black males? nowadays it only seems that there are either hipsters (bud select) or blue collar white americans featured in the ads. kind of ironic in my eyes.

  5. not necessarily hipsters…but more suave, GQ-esque white males featured in the ads. correcting myself there.

  6. @trench – Truth be told this post was very much Mad Men inspired. Check out the ad for “Dobbs” – I swear that guy is Don Draper!

    @Roee – Agreed. They don’t make ’em like this anymore.

    @Andrew – I found that interesting as well. Especially since a lot of the ads in that era were totally racist and this one is so classy.

  7. Where the HELL is my Western Electric Picturephone??

  8. I’m not the person who drops around many comments on the web. But this kind of webpage I had to praise! Hail to the intelligent fellowman who has made this collection. As a copywriter I’m hear to remind the very graphic people that you’re forgetting the excellent copywriting on these ads! It’s nothing to do with any vintage quality or past manners . Most of the ads are mostly text. I invite everybody to actually read them and in this graphical world actually enjoy the seducing langauge on these You can place most of these words and phrases on any ad or for example mailing you see today. I can go on and on about how copywriting is still vital en essential… But I begin to bore even myself. Thanks!

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  10. These ads don’t just rely on ubiquitous pictures and a short slogan, they all rely on text too, plenty of it, but catchy and engaging to read. All of this stuff is smooth and cleverly made, :)

  11. Haven’t you got one of those Kool or Lark Cigarette ads?

  12. Some amazing work gone into them and an outstanding post, well presented thanks for sharing them

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  15. Love, love, love! I wanna use nearly all of these at my website (over time). And I’m pretty new to web hosting. Can anyone advise, please: do you write to each picture “owner” to ask permission, or is standard practice that you just credit the source?

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  18. nice! thanks for posting these!!

    i love the volkswagen ones…

  19. I would KILL for the style and panache of those guys in the Levis ad. And frankly that Air Canada logo is the greatest thing I have ever seen. Yum.

  20. Thanks for the comments everybody!

    @Aiden – I know! I’m starting to think we’ve been duped.

    @Belgian – It’s true. I am as guilty as anyone for overlooking the brilliant copy in these ads.

    @Toon – Thank you very much!

    @Carlee Potter – Usually, if you provide proper attribution (as in a link back to the original source) you’re fine. There were a few gems that I couldn’t include because the website owners didn’t get back to me :(

    @ Joe – Agreed. On both points.

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  22. Love this kinda stuff !

  23. I love the Air Canada advert! Some good adverts

  24. Wow! Fantastic collection! Thank you.

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  26. I’m old.
    My Dad actually was a madman.
    These are OK but mostly just standard.

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  30. Brilliant – very enjoyable collection. Thanks for taking the time to put it together!

  31. I love vintage designs, they are just sooo full of character? Thanks for sharing and putting this together.
    I put a collection of Vogue magazine cover ads together.

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  33. I’m old, too. I actually remember using/having this stuff around the house. Those old telephones weighed a ton and would wake the dead.

    Ignatz Horowitz / October 2nd, 2008
  34. The second man in the burton Cool Suit advertis is Ben Stiller,right?!

  35. You have impeccable taste. These ads are fantastic! thanks!

    marinasaurus / October 2nd, 2008
  36. I love all the vintage ads… I wish more current ads reflected the style of these older ads. Thanks for sharing!!

  37. Apparently, a carton of Eve Cigarettes exploded all over Mrs. Fridgidaire’s kitchen!

    The CyberSlug / October 2nd, 2008
  38. Great collection – some nice examples for ads in the “good old times”.

    But, like others, the Air Canada one I found to be especially good. They managed to make an ad that worked back then – but would just as well perfectly work today. I mean, hey – that’s vector graphics at it’s best, decades before vector graphic ads became popular!

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  62. Ahh, the good old days. Thanks for sharing these.

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  64. I’ve heard Woody Allen’s bit about being offered a vodka ad more than I can count; imagine my surprise at seeing the actual ad itself here!

    There’s a beautifully done series of books by Taschen which showcase the advertiser’s art; these look like the best of the best from the Sixties book. Downright suave…

    I second the motion to rewatch “Mad Men”!

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  70. Wow, I never actually saw twiggy. I’ve heard of her, but I never knew. This page started a bit of googling that really opened up my pop sensebilities.

  71. i love the last Volkswagen one
    “bigger than the biggest, smaller than the smallest”
    love it

    volkswagon / October 14th, 2008
  72. The VW adverts are legendary, they should have resourced them on the launch of the new beetle

  73. You are so fantastic at what you do. Keep up the good work!

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  84. Great to see some beautiful (albeit old) work from Canadian companies!

  85. I’m old enough (63) to remember a lot of these. I’m also old enough to remember that we thought many of them were pretty lame when they came out. In other words, Madison Ave. has a long history of not getting what The Kids Are All About.

    PreBoomerJustBarely / October 22nd, 2008
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  88. would really drink a smirnoff, smoke an eve and wear an air canada tshirt right now! especially in one of the vws or in the mustang :)

    very inspiring, funny, crazy, sexist, political, social and natural, basic quality, as opposed to nowadays design technology!

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  93. I got to get me one of those TV telephone gizmos LOL

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  96. I get it.

  97. Wonderful collection! An inspiration to any modern day advertiser.

    BTW, on a side note, regarding the Budweiser ad, the Busch company has long been an advertiser way ahead of the times. They also specialize in niche advertising, seemingly as far back as the 60s judging from that ad. I would wager that this came from a 50s-60s era black magazine, newspaper, or other media that was most likely not seen outside that circle. They do it today all the time, even catching heat for (very tasteful) homosexual advertisements that appear in said publications. However, once they are released onto the internet, well, we all know what happens. People assume they were on mainstream ads, uproar ensues, blah. Brilliant though!

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  99. What ever happened to Twiggy?

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  101. Amazing how slender the men are in these ads compared to how they appear in ads today.

  102. This reminds me how much i dislike todays advertising, it’s pretty much flash and flair with no substance. and takes up way too much space in a magazine that i’d like to see more interesting articles or photos from the magazine itself….Bravo i like these!

  103. True graphic design before computers, a site to behold. Great post, thanks for brightening up my day.

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  105. Y’know, I think that the Bell extension phone ad might be a bit P.I. too 😛 “Since the kitchen is where you spend so much time..” xD I haven’t laughed like that in forever!

  106. great site…..and I love the Volkswagen thank’s all so nice…

    rozi wagengoes / December 11th, 2008
  107. great site…..and I love the Volkswagen thank’s all so nice…

  108. Amazing ads, i like VW and Sony.

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  110. Fantastic post. Great to see how some of these styles are making/have made resurgences nowadays – though not always as well executed.

  111. Excellet compilation of advertisement dude… thanks enjoyed it very much

    Alejandro Marcos / December 24th, 2008
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  114. Wow…. breathtaking. Thank you so much for all the time and work it must have taken to put this together. Much appreciated!

  115. The Air Canada ad is simply beautiful.

    Kristján Hrannar / December 29th, 2008
  116. the volkswagen copy is killer

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  119. Nice…

  120. These are amazing ads. Would it be possible for me to write about some of them sometime, linking you of course – I write humor pieces based upon retro ads…

  121. thank you

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  125. these are all splendid. thanks for your marvelous collection!

  126. wonderful site amazing

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  131. How amazing are the COLOURS!!!! I can’t tell you how much these ad get me fired up. They are so inspirational. I love the phone colours. Those muddy washed out tones, so creamy and plastic. I love it!
    x : )

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  135. Makes me want to go watch some rat pack movies.
    The poodle smoking is priceless.

  136. great collection. i sell some of the telephones that still mimic the old designs. some things change and some don’t

  137. Awesome collection!!!
    I loved all pic’s and their ideas.

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  139. It just goes to show, you can’t be too careful.

    Russ from Peacehaven / March 9th, 2009
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  143. Hello>>>

    Can anyone shed any light on how these images were shot??? They are really colourful and contrasty>>>

    were they shot on transparancy??? x-processed???

    Cam> x :]

  144. How is that volkswagon one not politically incorrect?

    “come in for pow-wow – save big wampum”!?

    obviously you aren’t indigenous

    starblanket / March 30th, 2009
  145. thanks for posting these cool old ads, I think I like things the way they used to be….I guess that makes me an old coot, WTF?
    thanks, bill yerkes

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  148. Anyone else find those carpet tiles cool? Do they still make those?

    Fried Calamari / May 3rd, 2009
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  150. i love this site, what a collection. thanks.

  151. I am loving those so much,

    check out this collection of vintage ads


  152. I stumbled on this, and what a find! Some great work, some poignant reminders of how fast the world has been transformed by technology in the past 60 years. Thanks.

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  155. These ads are inspiring, telling us as much about ourselves as about the products. Fascinating look back over our history.


    Charles Seymour Jr

  156. I like the AC spark plugs ad – the others were cool as well.

  157. Wow these are amazing! I love the Air Canada and Sprite ads! 😀

  158. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing these

  159. I Love Too Look At All The Vintage Goodies.
    Some of them are strangely ironic.

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  163. this is my first time seeing beautiful vintage ads.
    i probably too fed up with more popular scary vintage ads.

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  167. I really do enjoy looking back at this kind of stuff, it is amzing how a company slowly changes in front of your eyes, but it isn’t until you do something like this that you can really see the difference :) thanks

  168. supersuper ! dankjewel !

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  170. Love it! Smirnoff was fantastic – “Come out of your shell” that just cracks me up! that’s Woody right?

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  175. Appalling apostrophe confusion in that International Harvester ad.

    Saxo Grammaticus / October 1st, 2009
  176. are you all calling this advertising, hell, my 2 month old baby does even better when it has an old rusted spoon up his ass!!!!!!!! losers

  177. nice collection

  178. nice! especially the smirnoff ad with woody allen!!

  179. LOVE THESE! Great work compiling. Only one thing I wish that could have been included is the year the ads ran. Now that would have been really interesting – though probably difficult to get.

  180. Its just amazing to see how sophisticated advertising has become over the years. I love that most of the messages in the ads were less than 140 characters!!

    Susan Grimes / October 19th, 2009
  181. Ouija Board is my favourite – kinda creepy but hilarious at the same time.

    Stephen Scott / October 19th, 2009
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  184. Absolutely wonderful collection! You really see how far advertising and illustration has fallen since the 1990s. Everything’s so formal and bland now, but back then, advertising was much more playful, eye-catching and whimsical, especially in the 60s and 70s. What happened to the colorful backdrops, clever puns, and funny images? Why is advertising so uptight today and relying so heavily on boring imagery? 😐

  185. Advertising is not what it used to be.
    The most fascinating thing is that they even advertised for Ouija boards.

  186. I’m trying to figure out what the lady in the mink is doing with that poor monkey! Maybe sizing him up for her next jacket?!

  187. very inspiring…have always been intrigued by vintage ads…

  188. That electrician only made $8,500 a year?!?! That carpet must have only been like 5 bucks to install then!

    lizzylou / July 29th, 2010
  189. sweet stuff!! i actually had a pair of the green striped levi flares!! a lot of these ads feel like they were in playboys!!

  190. Love it!! Quite inspiring indeed! =)

  191. Love the Ronrico ad

  192. Amazing collection of vintage ads, Western Electric picturephone I like the most!

  193. Reminds me of simpler times, when an ad could be knocked out in a morning, you charged two months salary for it and spent the afternoon in the bar telling each other how great you were and how lucky the client was!

    The work was good though – simple but good

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